Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Birds in Myth, Legend and Superstition

Book - 2008
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The perfect bedside companion for every bird-watcher and nature lover, inside Flights of Fancy you'll find:

"Don't promise the crane in the sky, but give the titmouse in your hand."
Russian proverb

"One for sorrow, two for joy…"
Traditional English rhyme

"The owl shrieked at thy birth, an evil sign."
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III

"The peacock is ashamed of its large black feet."
Medieval Persian tradition

"When the raven tried to bring fire to the world, ash turned its feathers black."
Cherokee Indian legend

"Sewing a swan's feather into your husband's pillow will keep him faithful."
British superstition
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780385342483
Characteristics: xi, 180 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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TacoAdvocate Nov 15, 2017

This book was not what I expected when I first picked it up. I anticipated a book that was going into the history and relevance of birds in mythology as a whole. But that's not what this book is. Instead, it acts more as a reference guide.

This book is great for what it is. Are you interested in a specific bird or birds, but don't know where to start? Then this is perfect for you. You can easily browse popular myths and beliefs by specific birds, but don't expect anything crazy in depth. I would highly recommend this if you either want a casual read to learn something new, or want to know where to start researching your bird of interest.

Next time I include some birds in my D&D campaign, I will definitely be picking this book back up!


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Mar 31, 2010

From the back cover of the 2009 softcover version from Arrow books:

[italics]Why were barnacle geese once classified as fish?

When were kingfisher feathers used as love charms?

Where are wren hunts an annual tradition?[/italics]

[italics]Flights of Fancy[/italics] is an endlessly browsable guide to the fascinating stories and bizarre superstitions that surround some of the world's best-loved birds. Ranging from a traditional Italian account of how the nightingale learned to sing to an exploration of the Welsh belief that eagles bree storms on Mount Snowdon, it's the perfect bedside companion for every birdwatcher.


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